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SFFILM Festival

Captains of Zaatari

Directed by Ali El Arabi

Egypt | Documentary | 73

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Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


Ali El Arabi’s rousing feature documentary debut focuses on the deep and enduring friendship between Syrian teens Fawzi and Mahmoud, whose passion and talent for soccer provides a crucial escape from life in a Jordanian refugee camp. Vibrant scenes of life within the camp, refreshingly honest and tender moments of the pair sharing thoughts of first love and girls, and candid conversations with their families paint a nuanced and affecting portrait of courage, humor, and love within challenging and oppressive conditions. Recommended for ages 11 and up.

Director Ali El Arabi

Cairo-based director and producer Ali El Arabi began his work at Egypt’s Dream TV and branched to produce documentaries for ZDF, Stern TV Germany, and National Geographic. In 2015, he founded Ambient Light, a production company that provides content relevant to the Middle East-North Africa region. In addition to filmmaking, he has provided instruction to journalists on how to shoot news stories. Captains of Zaatari is his first documentary feature film.

Film Details

Language Arabic, English

Year 2021

Premiere North American

Runtime 73

Country Egypt

Director Ali El Arabi

Producer Ali El Arabi

Editor Menna El Shishini

Cinematographer Mahmoud Beshir

Music Konsonant Music